Sorry but I don't accept that argument whatsoever. The excellent regional content on Granada wasn't a result of them being forced to do it - it was made with passion and pride by people who wanted to provide the best service they could. They certainly did a lot more than other regions. To suggest that it was something they did but didn't really want to do is an insult to those involved in it.
I'm sure the people involved wanted to do them and did them with passion but... that doesn't mean they were viable or necessarily popular. Granada's bigger passion was selling the north to the rest of the country, something they were very good at
Also would they have had the opportunity to make the programmes had the requirement for regional output not existed? Of course some regional output, the less worthy stuff at least, was essentially a pilot for a network slot, or it turned out to be
It's well known that several of the ITV companies would have preferred just to make and put out populist stuff - ATV, Tyne Tees, LWT being the ones that spring to mind. Remember the Bernstiens were entertainment people. It was a company whose background was entertainment
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